Gaaaaahhhhhhh. More than a year ago, I set out on a mission to help friends and travelers navigate The Exumas, my happiest place on Earth. Its beauty is just too magical not to share and it took me numerous trips to master all of its nooks and crannies. Road signs don't exist, businesses don't have … Continue reading TheExumasMap.com is LIVE!
3rd annual ladies kayak trip. Wow. Never thought I would type THAT after the treacherous paddle back to our launch site during my 1st annual. But I keep coming back and it just keeps getting better. Admittedly, I was panicked as the wind forecast was even WORSE than that traumatic day during the first trip (which I wrote alllll … Continue reading Exuma: 3rd Annual Ladies Kayak Trip
Another calm night was upon us and not a leaf flapped all night. I certainly didn’t have to worry about the tide as I was about 20 yards from the waterline, in the grass, so I had a better nights sleep. The only thing I worried about were the possible sounds of Godzilla footsteps around … Continue reading Kayaking the Exumas: 2nd Annual, Final Day
Camp setup was complete, lunch was digesting, and Tamara led us back out for a bonus afternoon paddle. We were heading to a sandbar that we had just paddled over a couple hours earlier at high tide on the way to Cluff’s Cay. So we were backtracking a couple miles but it would all be … Continue reading Kayaking the Exumas: 2nd Annual, Day 3 Cont’d
The sleeping issues improved as I wasn’t as worried about the rising tides but it still wasn’t a restful night. Having said that, I still awoke refreshed and eager for my morning swim at dawn’s early light. Swim is a strong word, more like a lazy water stroll. Sharks are always on the mind as … Continue reading Kayaking the Exumas: 2nd Annual, Day 3
I watched the sun as it slowly rose over the “bush” (as they call it in the Bahamas) and it brought the air temperature up just enough to take a morning dip in the ocean, for more reasons than one. The water was dead calm and still a bit nippy but when ya gotta go, … Continue reading Kayaking the Exumas: 2nd Annual, Day 2
Somehow, someway, the weather gods heard my calls and sensed my fears. Those howling winds came to a screeching halt. All morning, my undivided attention was nowhere else but on the movement (or lack thereof) of the palm fronds surrounding my rental. Happy happy joy joy!!! But would it last??? Good lord I hoped so. … Continue reading Kayaking the Exumas: 2nd Annual, Day 1
Just like mothers forget how painful their deliveries are only to pop out another kid 12 months later, I apparently dismissed my own traumatizing experience on the final day of kayaking in the Exumas last year. Why and how is it possible that, just a couple days after that ridiculously windy day of paddling, nearly … Continue reading Kayaking the Exumas. Again.
As I depart the island of Eleuthera, I can’t help but ponder its similarities as well as its differences to the Exumas. Like with any “love affair”, whether it be the make of car, a brand of clothes, a relationship, or an island in this case, it’s incredibly hard to keep an open mind about … Continue reading Eleuthera vs Exuma
Pull (left). Pull (right). Pull (left). Pull (right). This would become my new mantra for the next 3.5 days. Little did I know just how much “pulling” I would do during this kayaking trip and how my old crossfit days would come back to haunt me. I knew my body was capable of pushing harder … Continue reading Kayaking the Exumas – Day 1